MAY DAY NEWS
May Day co-chair Linda Kietz has stated that this year’s May Day is seen as the next stage in the struggle following the massive success of March 26th. “LMDOC agreed to hold back on its mobilising so that all efforts were directed to the national demonstration on March 26th. That great turn out has given impetus to all activity in the movement including May Day. The key is to build on what was achieved on the 26th and keep raising the key issues affecting the vast mass of the population – that we are being made to pay for the crisis created by the bankers and financiers and those bankers are back hoovering up billions in bonuses whilst health, education, social services etc etc are being run down. We want to keep up the fight on May 1st and we want everyone to join us.”
From the same site:
MAY DAY ROUTE AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS – 02-04-2011
London’s traditional May Day march is following the same route as in past years – from Clerkenwell Green to Trafalgar SDquare. Marching up to Theobalds Road – passing the UNITE HQ – past Red Lion Square, down Kingsway and along the Strand.
There will be the usual bus leading the March which can take those who cannot march. The Big Red Band will lead out with music. …
CURRENT LIST OF ORGANISATIONS SUPPORTING LONDON MAY DAY – 11-04-2011
LMDOC supported by GLATUC, S&ERTUC, UNITE London & Eastern Region, CWU London Region, PCS London & South East Region, ASLEF, RMT, MU London, FBU London & Southern Regions,
GMB London & Southern Regions, UNISON Greater London Region, Globalise Resistance, NPC, GLPA and other Pensioners’ organisations and organisations representing Turkish, Kurdish, Chilean, Colombian, Peruvian, Portuguese, West Indian, Sri Lankan, Cypriot, Tamil, Iraqi, Iranian, Irish, Nigerian migrant workers & communities plus many other trade union & community organisations.
London May Day has a massive distinctive banner bringing a flavour of Latin America to the March. The banner was made by Chilean refugees in Britain organised by Ernesto Leal – a key figure in the Chilean community and in LMDOC.
Hand made it brought a totally appropriate international feel and became the proud symbol of London May Day.
NEW SPEAKERS JOIN PLATFORM – 16-04-2011
Getting speakers to cover current key issues LMDOC has secured Matt Wrack General Secretary of the FBU involved in continuing issues with the London authorities on a range of key issues; Chris Baugh Assistant General Secretary of PCS who are battling over job and service cuts in the civil service; Clare Solomon who was President of the University of London Union 2010-11 who was heavily involved in the student protests over increased fees and attacks on financial support and Eylem Ozdemir Co-Chair of RCWA covering the perpective from that of migrant workers.
Glasgow Friends of May Day is a new group of activists and artists set up to assist Glasgow Trade Union Council (Glasgow TUC) increase support for the city’s May Day celebrations in a direct challenge to the plans of the Con-Dem coalition to do away with the public holiday: here.
May Day Rallies Reveal America’s True Self—Its Promise and Its Fear – COLORLINES: here.
Zimbabwe: Police ban May Day marches: here.
Peter Mayo, Truthout: “Turkey’s celebration of May 1 as international workers day was of particular significance. This was only the third time this celebration was held – following its long ban, finally lifted by the government in 2009. In 1977, a similar celebration was marred by fatal attacks which left dozens of protesters dead as unknown gunmen opened fire. The victims’ names were called out on May 1, 2011, by a famous Turkish actor, in a poignant moment which brought to mind the country’s tragic past – including a 1980 military coup that paved the way for the onset of neoliberalism (shades of Chile seven years earlier). The memory of protests and violence also led one to remember what was going on all over the region with the struggle for work and dignity, and greater democratic openings, in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya”: here.